THE LEGEND OF MENG, THE LOSER

PATINTERO: ANG ALAMAT NI MENG PATALO

By Mihk VERGARA

TBA STUDIOS / TUKO FILM PRODUCTIONS INC. - as SALES All rights, World / PROD / FIN

Comedy - Completed 2015

A young neighborhood 'patalo' (loser) assembles an unlikely team of loser to join her in the ultimate battle for the streets: patintero.

Festivals
& Awards

QCinema Film Festival 2015
Audience Choice Award
QCinema Film Festival 2015
Gender Sensitivity Award
3rd Silk Road International Film Festival 2016
Official Selection
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Comedy, Children's
    • Countries
    • PHILIPPINES
    • Languages
    • FILIPINO
    • Duration
    • 88 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Mihk VERGARA
    • Producer(s)
    • Fernando ORTIGAS (Tuko Film Productions Inc.), Eduardo ROCHA (Buchi Boy Entertainment)
    • Synopsis
    • Patintero is a Filipino street game that is a modified version of tag. Played on a rectangular grid made up of 5 rectangles, the object of the game is to cross the grid and get back to the starting line without being tagged out by a defending team. It is usually played with four man teams. Who gets to be a runner and a defender is decided by a coin toss. The players then take their position like this (Where 0 are the attackers and X the defenders).

      The film centers on Meng Francisco (Nafa-Hilario Cruz), a 10-year old who loves one thing: Patintero. The only hitch is that she’s terrible at it and her reputation has earned her the title of the neighborhood “patalo” (loser). But in the continuing struggle against the high school team that has one-sidedly claimed the territory of the local sari-sari store, Meng forms an unlikely team of fellow losers to finally challenge these high schoolers in the game of their lives.

      In this heroic effort to win back what was unfairly taken from her and her friends, Meng will train, bleed, and do almost anything to fight for what she wants: a good game of Patintero on the streets. And what she does for it will be the stuff of legend.
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